Sunday, September 25, 2011

SOS: Bethlehem Lutheran Church in North St. Louis City

The continued decay and depopulation of North St. Louis City has been of the utmost concern here locally for some time, and is well-documented on popular local blogs like Built St. Louis. That being said, it is difficult to understand the extent of the problem until you actually hit the streets yourself and witness the amount of decrepit and abandoned historical buildings that abound.

Every time I pass by this church, the gothic Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Salisbury and North Florissant, it just screams out to me for help. Built in 1895 and just blocks from the rebounding Hyde Park neighborhood and a stone's throw from the Arch, it is just one of the many architectural treasures in danger of being lost…